The U.S. Department of Justice will give $4.5 million to the Oakland Police Department to hire 10 officers over the coming year, a federal official announced Tuesday.
Oakland received the most money under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants that will award $125 million to 263 cities to hire new officers. The grants cover the salary and benefits for three years for a newly created position.
Associate Attorney General Tony West, an Oakland resident, announced the award while speaking to an audience of law enforcement and public officials. The grants will hand $20 million to 39 cities to create 105 officer positions in California, according to a DOJ press release. The entire list of grantees will be released by Sept. 30.
"The grants we announce today are part of the Justice Department's ongoing commitment to help dedicated local law enforcement professionals build safer, stronger communities," West said. "These awards will help our partners in jurisdictions across the state of California hire more officers and better work with the communities they serve to address public safety issues."
View the full list of California agency grants here.
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